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Wantaway Everton ace ends West Ham transfer talks as switch not a good career move

13:13 02 January 2014

John Heitinga of Everton. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

John Heitinga of Everton. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Everton defender John Heitinga has ruled out a move to West Ham United, saying he was not “fully convinced” it was right step.

The 30-year-old has six months left on his deal at Goodison Park but not featured in the Premier League this season under Roberto Martinez.

He is seeking a move away from Merseyside in order to boost his chances of playing in the World Cup for Holland this summer, while the Hammers are looking for defensive reinforcements with James Collins, James Tompkins and Winston Reid all injured.

Manager Sam Allardyce revealed on New Year’s Day that Everton had given the Irons permission to speak with the defender and that talks had begun with his agent.

But Heitinga has rejected a proposal to move to east London and join the struggling Premier League outfit and will instead bide his time and wait for other offers.

In a statement released via his agents, Sport Promotion, he said: “At my age it’s important to make the right decisions.

“Then it’s not all about the money, as that wasn’t a problem at West Ham United. You have to be fully convinced that you will make the right step and I didn’t have that.

“Therefore I have cancelled [the move to] West Ham United and we will now wait for the interest of other clubs.

“The interest is there already, so I am confident I will find another club before January 31st. That’s the date the transfer window will close.”

Heitinga admitted that playing in the World Cup in Brazil this summer is a major factor in deciding his next destination.

He said: “I want to play every game again, as I am still hungry for the ball.

“I am fully fit and a player on top of my strengths. I want to go to the World Cup in Brazil.

“I know that national coach Louis Van Gaal requires his selected players playing weekly.

“At the moment, that’s not the situation at Everton and therefore I am now looking for other options to get a successful continuation of my career.”

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